What is an AvGeek? The Millennial term for Fans of Aviation

An AvGeek, short for an “Aviation Geek” is a term that came to life in recent years. This rather nerdy-sounding word is a description of someone who is a big fan, or an enthusiast of aviation.

As a matter of fact, some AvGeeks have such a passion for the aviation industry that it borders on obsession with anything that flies!

Where can you spot AvGeeks?

Planespotters belong to a category of AvGeeks, whose passion is to watch and take pictures of airplanes! YouTube/Telegraph.

You see them around every airport. Passionately filming and taking pictures of anything that flies you can find them located in strategically located spots around the airport that has an advantageous view of the planes.

AvGeeks in Social Media

Otherwise, they are all over social media, especially planespotters. They just love to proudly display their plane pictures, observations, and opinions in social media channels, such as Twitter.

For the love of aviation

An AvGeek often had a love for flying since he or she was very young. However, it is interesting to note that a lot of these geeks are not professionals belonging to the aviation or the airline industry!

Personalities of aviation enthusiasts

As in any other group of people, interested in their favorite topics, AvGeek personalities are no different.

The laid back, fun and pleasant AvGeek

You’ll find every type of personality among the geeks. Some are laid back just having fun. They are listeners, they have a great pleasant personality, always eager to learn more about aviation.

The annoying AvGeek

Others are hellbent on establishing a reputation for how much they know about aviation. This annoying type of geek is opinionated, even to the point of being obnoxious, insisting on “their way or the highway”, unwilling to listen to what others have to say.

This person may not have ever flown a jet in their life, or a Cessna 172 for that matter! Yet they won’t hesitate for a second, telling a Boeing 787 airline pilot how his or her jet should be flown!

Planespotters at an airport parking lot. Photo: Unsplash.

Why aren’t more AvGeeks aviation professionals?

The answer is simple: They love and admire aviation as a hobby!

To them, it is a fun hobby, yet they have no interest in pursuing a professional career in aviation on their own.

For example,

These people are experts on the livery (paint scheme) of any airliner. They can immediately recognize most airplane types, and even tell you the airplane type just from the sound of its engines.

Spot-quiz an AvGeek on which airport uses the identifier EZE. He or she will answer “Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina,” faster than you can blink your eye!

Many of the geeks are also highly skilled photographers and planespotters, applying their own professional skills using aviation as their canvas.

Then we have the geeks who just LOVE to be on an airline as a passenger. These fans fly all over the world at their own cost, admiring as well as reviewing airlines.

Are you an AvGeek or a Planespotter?

How would you describe your fascination with aviation? How did you become an AvGeek? You can contact us here.

Featured Image: Partytime/Canva.

This article was updated and republished July 24, 2020.

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